Monday, April 18, 2022

Amanuensis Monday -- Guardianship of the Children of John F. and Adaline E. Seaver of Woburn, Massachusetts

 This week's document for transcription is from the 1863 Middlesex County, Massachusetts Probate Court estate papers for the probate of the estate of John F. Seaver of Woburn, Massachusetts. 

*  Middlesex County, Massachusetts Probate Court Records - Case File 41278, image 3 of 14:

The transcription of this page is:

To the Hornorable the Judge of the Probate Court in and for the County
of Middlesex:

Respectfully represents   Adaline E. Seaver    of
   Woburn     , in the County of    Middlesex, widow
that there is occasion for the appointment of a Guardian of   Stephen T. Seaver who
was born on the first day of August, AD eighteen hundred
and forty six;  Mary Elizabeth Seaver, who was born on the twenty
first day of November, AD eighteen hundred forty nine; and
George W. Seaver, who was born on the eleventh day of
December, A.D. eighteen hundred and fifty two, and all

of      Woburn     , in the County of Middlesex,   minors and children
of       John F. Seaver            , late of Woburn
in the County of    Middlesex, deceased,  and   Adaline E. Seaver above named, of said Woburn
his widow;

and your petitioner prays that she                                  may be
appointed to that trust.

Dated this    twenty eighth   day of   October    A.D. 1863.
                                                           Adaline E. Seaver

Middlesex ss.   October 28'th A.D. 1863.
Personally appeared the above-named 
                                  Stephen T. Seaver
minor, above the age of fourteen years, and nominated said   Adaline E. Seaver
{stamp}                       to be   his   Guardian.
                              Before me    
                                             ??  Converse    Justice of the Peace   {stamp}

Middlesex ss, November 25, 1863.
Personally appeared the above named Mary Elizabeth Seaver, minor,
above the age of fourteen years, and nominated said Adaline E.
Seaver to be her Guardian.
                                       Before me, ?? Converse, Justice of the Peace.

The source citation for this probate record is:

Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Case file 41278 (14 images), John F. Seaver of Woburn, 1863; "Middlesex County (Massachusetts) Probate File Papers, 1648-1871," digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors ( accessed 16 April 2022).

John F. Seaver (1814-1863) died intestate in Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts on 13 June 1863, leaving his wife Adaline (Ellis) Seaver (1817-1884) and three minor children.  The probate estate file 41,276 contains the following:

*  A petition for administration by wife Adaline E. Seaver, which lists three children:  Stephen T Seaver, age 18;  Mary Elizabeth Seaver, age 13;  George W. Seaver, age 10.

*  An inventory which includes 10,000 square feet of land worth $800, a Japan shop and steam apparatus at Woburn Center, worth $1,500.

In Probate Packet # 41,278, guardianship was granted to Adaline E. Seaver of Woburn, widow to John F. Seaver, for Stephen T. Seaver born 1 August 1846, Mary Elizabeth Seaver born 21 November 1849, and George W. Seaver born 11 December 1852, as shown in the document above and the other papers in the probate estate file. 

*  Adaline was granted permission to sell the land, shop and equipment at public auction and did so to support herself and the three children.
The two children over age 14 chose their mother to be their guardian, according to the document above.

John F. Seaver was my 5th cousin 5 times removed, with our common Seaver ancestor being Robert Seaver (1608-1683) of Roxbury, Massachusetts.  In the 1850 U.S. Census in Boston, Suffolk County, John F. Seaver's occupation was patent leather, and his wife and first three children were listed.  In the 1870 U.S. Census, Adaline E. Seaver heads the household in Woburn, Middlesex County with her three living children; she has $4000 in real property and $1000 in personal property. 


NOTE: Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the excellent TransylvanianDutch blog) started a Monday blog theme years ago called "Amanuensis Monday." John offers this definition for "amanuensis:"

"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

Read other transcriptions for records of my ancestors at Amanuensis Monday Posts.

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